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Principles & Practices of Biodynamic Beekeeping – Days One and Two

March 16 @ 9:00 am - March 17 @ 5:00 pm


Date: Friday, March 16th and 17th, 2018
Time:  Friday: 8:30am Registration opens; class begins 9:00am – 5:00pm
Location:Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary, 401 Hideaway Lane, Floyd VA

Spikenard’s basic class in biodynamic/sustainable beekeeping methods. This is the first day of the two day workshop that will offer in-depth advice for those who want to have bees and for those who had bees and want to start again.

Our approach to beekeeping honors the true nature of the honeybee and supports her health and vitality above all else.  In beginning to understand the basis for honeybee health, participants will come away with the basic framework and knowledge to begin their journey as a beekeeper. This workshop covers what you need to know for your first steps in keeping bees, including:

Day one topics include:

  • The honey bee in our times: a brief review of honeybee history
  • Introduction to different hive types
  • Important tools and equipment
  • Components of a colony and their function within the hive
  • Guidance for the first steps in beekeeping, troubleshooting

Day two topics include:

  • Pros and cons of different hive forms and materials
  • The importance of swarming for the health of the colony
  • The vital importance of having naturally raised, not grafted queens
  • Natural wax comb–working without foundations
  • Selecting best bee forage

For more information, go to Spikenard Farm and Honeybee Sanctuary’s Website.


March 16 @ 9:00 am
March 17 @ 5:00 pm
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Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary


Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary
401 Hideaway Lane
Floyd, Virginia 24091 United States
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